Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist

Make a Difference

We know it’s important to you that you’re able to provide your Clients with meaningful support and care that truly makes a difference in their lives. We also recognize that the day-to-day realities of caregiving can be challenging to navigate.

As an Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist, you will be able to provide exceptional care in complex settings — in a way that not only enhances your knowledge and skills, but strengthens the relationship between you and the person or people you help support.

70 hours of advanced learning

You will earn your normal wage while in the Skills Lab

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll get a $0.25/hour raise

Learn both in a classroom setting and online

In This Learning Experience, You Will:

  • Learn through a mix of online and classroom sessions, with a Skills Lab where caregivers can try out new skills in a safe environment over the eight weeks of the program. (Technical skills are not required. Novice computer users will have enough support to feel comfortable.)
  • Get targeted feedback and coaching from an expert facilitator. 
  • Connect with peers through an online discussion board moderated by a facilitator. 
  • Shape the design of this program, with your input resulting in program improvements, some of which will be incorporated right away.

Who Qualifies? 

The Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist Program is designed for Caregivers who are working with people who have complex needs. Home Care Aides and Clients enroll in this pilot program together. 

To be eligible, your client must:

  • Be receiving personal in-home care from HCS or DDA
  • Meet one (or both) of the following two sets of criteria
    • Be receiving Medicaid Health Home Services, have a PRISM Risk Score of 1.5 or greater upon enrollment, and have received a Health Action Plan and/or
    • Have a CARE Behavior Score of 12 or above and have a Behavior Support Plan (or agree to accept a behavior support plan within 2 months of the provider competing training)

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an individual provider with a current or future authorization
  • Be providing personal in-home care to an eligible client
  • Have 600 or more Cumulative Care Hours
  • Meet one (or more) of the following sets of criteria
    • Have one of the following certifications (RN, LPN, NAC, HM, ARNP, OSPI) and/or
    • Be exempt due to employment history and/or
    • Have completed a qualifying Basic Training regimen

For a full list of eligibility requirements, click here.

Enrollment Packet

If your Client meets the criteria above, they will receive an enrollment packet from DSHS in the mail. For more information, visit the DSHS website.

We Will Email You with Your Class Information

Once the state Department of Social and Health Services receives your packet, they will confirm your eligibility for the program. Upon acceptance into the program, you can expect an email from the Benefits Group asking you to register for a class. You can register one of two ways: through the Training Portal or through the Member Resource Center.

Click here for a guide on how to register for classes.

Contact the MRC at 1-866-371-3200 or via email at